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click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOERN ROHDE/JOERNROHDE.COM - winter kick-offStart the season with fireworks and festivities this weekend.

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There will also be hands-on seminars teaching headband and basket weaving and woodcarving. Learn about the annual Brackendale eagle count, railway history and Squamish climbing pioneers then check out footage and pictures from decades past. For more information visit squamishhistory.ca.

Cozy up and hear local author Janet Love Morrison read from her new novel Friends, 6 Women, 6 Cultures, One Humanity Friday at the Pemberton Library at 10 a.m. and again at the Whistler Library at 7 p.m. She will also be signing copies of the novel at Armchair Books Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday

Enjoy live music, a silent auction and over 100 booths filled with art, jewelry, Christmas decorations and other artisan crafts at the 24th annual Bizarre Bazaar Saturday and Sunday. This year, over 100 booths — with half carrying work by crafty sea to sky artisans — are expected to draw a crowd of over 5,000. And for the first time, Bratz Biz, a market with arts and crafts handmade by 31 kids from ages six to 17, will be held in conjunction with the bazaar. The events run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Whistler Conference Centre. Entry is by donation with funds going to the Whistler Children's Art Festival.

Whistler's own Ali Milner returns to share her lovely, lilting vocals as opener for Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles. The award-winning performer — most recent accolades include male artist recording of the year at the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the SOCAN award for folk/roots music — will perform songs from his fifth album, Into the Sun, an upbeat collection that gleans inspiration from Brazilian and African music. (See our full story on page 93.) Tickets for the Millennium Place show are $25 or $23 for seniors and students, available at artswhistler.tix.com.

Who doesn't enjoy a fireworks display? To mark the start of the season, the Resort Municipality of Whistler will set the sky ablaze at the foot of the mountain near Skier's Plaza at 7 p.m.

If you head north to Pemberton you can enjoy a sampling of local Pemberton talent at the fifth annual MADE event — that's Music, Art, Dance and Expression — at the Pemberton Community Centre Saturday at 8 p.m., presented by the Pemberton Arts Council.

"This isn't a quiet, introspective art exhibition," organizers say. "It's lively celebration of creativity." Local right down to the beverages — featuring drinks from the Pemberton Distillery and Whistler brewing — admission (which is 19+) is by donation. For more information visit pembertonartscouncil.com.

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